Fred wrote:Islander simply don't play the same system as The Canucks, an offensive system would suit Sopel. Actually reagrding Baumer I think he's really getting some confidence and is looking better as the season progresses. How many times he's started a season only to be sent down it's going to take some time before he feels comfortable. I expected more from McCarthy, he ceratinly doesn't look relexed and neither is he strong on the puck, it'sike your expecting him to get stripped of the puck, do you see the same thing ?
Missing a year or development last year really hurt McCarthy. He is a project, and is going to have his ups and downs this year.
I think that since his Chicago game he has looked a lot better. It's too bad for him that as soon as it looked like he was starting to find some confidence, he suffered a harsh groin pull. From what I've heard he might be back in time for tuesday's game against the Hawks, which would be great considering that when Brookbank is dressed as our 6th d-man, his ice time ranges from 0 seconds to 5 minutes.
The stats sheets are messed up right now, but I don't recall Brookbank getting a single shift that entire Duck's game.
McCarthy has the tools to be a good player in this system. I think that once he gets his confidence back and gets his defensive bearings we will start to see more of his offensive talent.
But I think it is important to remember, as I said before, that McCarthy is a project. He is a former 1st round pick who another organization felt wasn't going to live up to his billing. We flipped a third round pick because either our brass saw something the Hawk brass didn't, or because of the system we play.
The book is still out on McCarthy...and considering our options with the cap I don't think he was a bad choice. For the money we are paying him, I am not sure who else we would be better off spending the time on.
If it works out, we stole him in a trade. If not, we have Bieksa, Skinner,Bourdon, Kolstov, Elder and Mojzis waiting in the wings.
Salary cap reality more than anything else.